Review of Bring on the Heat by Katie Rose

Bring on the Heat

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance 

Hotness Factor: Screams Hallmark Movie!

Book Length (Est.): 236 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

In Katie Rose’s irresistible battle of wits, a case of mistaken identity lands a female fan in bed with a sexy superstar—and in major-league trouble.

House-sitting for a rich and famous friend has its perks, and Darcy Hamel isn’t shy about enjoying them. Especially when it means scoring a ticket to an exclusive fashion show hosted by the New Jersey Sonics. An avid baseball fan, Darcy has always dreamed of meeting the team—especially the starting pitcher whose body is as hot as his fastball. But there’s a catch. The gala is by invitation only. To get behind the velvet rope, mild-mannered Darcy will have to pose as party girl Lydia Logan.

Schmoozing is one of the downsides of fame, but Chase Westbrook knows how to liven up even the dullest event. And nothing spices a night up more than a beautiful socialite with a naughty reputation. What Chase doesn’t expect is a hint of sweetness beneath her sultry façade. Flirtation turns to seduction and leaves him aching for more. Chase just doesn’t know who the real Lydia is: the spoiled tease crying foul over some missing diamonds or the alluring woman making a play for his heart.

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Sometimes being the illusion is more fun than being yourself.

Darcy hadn’t intended on being Lydia, it just sort of happened. She kept trying to tell everyone her true identity, but no one would listen. She looked too much like Lydia Logan for them to believe otherwise. So when push comes to shove, she just rolls with the waves and tries to continue being Lydia, at least until she can get her jewelry back from the man she’s had the hots for forever…Chase Westbrook, pitcher for the Sonics.

Chase can’t figure out what attracts him more to Lydia (aka Darcy). She’s a walking contradiction, the naughty playgirl that everyone knows her as and the sweet girl who knows her baseball who’ll drop anything to help a friend. Her naughty reputation brings him in, but it’s those little moments of ‘girl next door’ behavior that keep him lingering around.

Their relationship is built on lies.

Darcy is in too deep and cannot tell him that she’s really not Lydia. Her moment for that honesty had passed. Chase wants to be a Yankee and that’s reason enough to keep dating Lydia (aka Darcy) since her grandfather has interest in the team. Despite both of those things, they can’t help how their emotions develop into more than either would have expected. Nor can they change what will happen when the real Lydia makes her appearance known and easily steals Chase away from Darcy. Guess I was wrong about those developing emotions.

Damn Chase! I really wanted to smack you for swapping one Lydia for another. Man ho!

Darcy can only do what feels right to her and bowing out gracefully sounds pretty damn good. All she leaves behind are a few written words…and her heart.

Bring on the Heat was sad to me. I felt horrible for the characters and how lying affected not only their decisions, but also (in part) their emotions. Nothing overly stood out or caught my attention. It was a good read, but far from great.

My Favorite Moment: Kitchen help. Chase was definitely unprepared for what he found.

Jenn 3 Heart 

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Darcy Hamilton is a house sitter for the wealthy Lydia Logan. While going away on a trip Lydia gives Darcy an invitation to a charity dinner for the famous New Jersey Sonics. Darcy is beyond excited because of the special guest is no other than the star pitcher Chase Westbrook.

Chase Westbrook is a young and upcoming baseball pitcher that has great looks and a beautiful smile along with a heck of a slider.

Confusion begins when she arrives at the charity dinner with Lydia’s invitation. She really tries to explain who she really is but with similar looks everyone mistakes her for the party girl Lydia Logan…even Chase.

I am a big baseball fan and was really excited to get my hands on this book. This was an okay read for me. As Chase starts to fall for a rich famous celebrity, so he has a shot to get picked up by the NY Yankees, you tend to feel very sorry for Darcy. And when Chase finds out the truth about Darcy you really feel sorry for her. But what Chase does next makes you want to pull him out of the book just to slap him.

I did like how the game itself was intertwined in the book but the romance was a little lacking. Darcy had true feelings for Chase but I had to second guess what Chase’s motives were throughout the story. His real feeling do eventually come out but I was already so mad at him that even those felt fake to me.

This review is solely based on my personal opinion of the book. I think if you really enjoy baseball with a little romance then you should definitely give this book a try.

My Favorite Interaction: I love how Darcy and her best friend interact with each other. It reminds me a lot of my best friend and me. 

My Favorite Moment: I really did enjoy when Darcy went to the salon and was pampered all day. Absolutely love the Cinderella moment. 

Mindy 3 star

*Clicking on the book cover above will take you to the Amazon purchase page.

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